Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Music History Today: December 21, 2022

December 21, 1985: Bruce Springsteen's album, Born in the USA, passed Michael Jackson's Thriller to become the second longest-lasting LP on the Billboard US Top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews lasted longer at 109 weeks.

Bruce Springsteen's album, Born in the USA

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December 21, 1956: LaVern Baker recorded the song "Jim Dandy."

LaVern Baker's original version of "Jim Dandy" reached the top of the R&B chart and 17 on the pop charts in the United States.

LaVern Baker
LaVern Baker

It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked Number 352 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 21, 1968: Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with "Wichita Lineman."

The Wichita Lineman album captures Glen Campbell's appeal at his most mainstream, mixing a cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with a version of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe." There's ample romantic pop here, including his heartfelt, string-laden performance of the McKuen/Brel "If You Go Away" and "Words." Right there at the center of Campbell's appeal is the still-beautiful title track. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 21, 1979: Willie Nelson made his acting debut in the Sydney Pollack film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He also sang five songs for the soundtrack, including the Number 1 country hit "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."

The Electric Horseman movie poster

December 21, 1996: Featured in the movie "Space Jam," Seal entered the US music chart with the cover of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle." 

Space Jam movie 1996

Born in the USA
Bruce Springsteen

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